Bachmann ad takes on debt ceiling
July 20th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann ad takes on debt ceiling

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann released her second ad in Iowa that reaffirmed her commitment to vote against an increase to the nation's debt ceiling.

According to the campaign, the 30-second spot will run statewide starting Wednesday.

Looking at the camera, the congresswoman from neighboring Minnesota says increasing the borrowing limit "goes completely contrary to commonsense and how I grew up in Iowa."

"We have to deal with the economic reality and I have the will and I have the courage to see this through," she says in the ad.

Her first spot in the first-in-the-nation caucus state made a similar commitment and expanded upon her home state history. Negotiations are ongoing among Congressional leaders and the White House to reach an agreement to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by August 2 or risk a government default.

Bachmann's ad comes one month before the high stakes Ames Straw Poll that historically measures the strength of presidential campaigns in the Hawkeye State.

Since launching her bid for the White House on June 28, Bachmann has risen to the top of recent polls in Iowa, a crucial state on the road to the White House for the socially conservative candidate.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. sue

    The Republicans need to get back to the true BLUE BLOOD Republicans as it is now they have let the Tea Party take them over forcing them to sign Pledges that hurt this country and all Americans they have now become the Yellow Blood Republicans because they don't have the guts to stand up on their own for fear that they will lose votes.....The party that can't compromise even a little.....at least this President has considered entitlement cuts but it isn't good enough or as much as the Republicans want all the while refuseing to give into any Tax increases on the Wealth or cutting the Tax credits for the big corporations......Obama has don't it against the will of the liberal groups, why can't the republicans do it against the will of the Tea Party......republicans will continue to lose even the votes of their own moderates, independents and even democrats that vote republican every now and then....

    July 20, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. hitobito

    Its too bad Bachman doesn't have a brain to go along with will and courage! This lady is dumber than a rock! There is no job in any White House that she could handle.

    July 20, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  3. Canuck

    Why did she not make a video when GWB raised the debt ceiling?

    July 20, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    This is not "increasing the borrowing limit," the money has already been borrowed. You helped vote to borrow it when you voted to extend the Bush Tax Cuts, for example. Now we have to pay it back.

    July 20, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  5. MARIO Forzani

    This woman is something else,.. she's against homosexuality,.. but her husband makes a living exploiting homosexuals, taking federal money in the process. She's against farm subsidies for Black farmers,.. but her family farm gladly accepts federal subsidies. She lobbies against frivolous Federal spending,.. yet she collects federal money, and tax write offs, for her 26 foster kids. She sure knows how to play all the angles. Mega hypocrite.

    July 20, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. Billy

    Ironic that she uses the word "reality" in her ad when she has no clue what it means.

    July 20, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  7. Ed

    Could you image this nut case as president woooo God help us

    July 20, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Everyone without an ideology agrees that going past the debt limit deadline is not acceptable, despite arguments that we can without harm. To the latter I will point out that we've already done that this past spring.

    Non-partisan economic analysts also say that the ensuing drop in government spending will cause a proportional drop in GDP. So here's my question to all of you. What would it make if a draconioan drop in spending was caused by passing the debt limit deadline, or if it were mandated by a legislated budget? I say none.

    July 20, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  9. Ray

    I am a little confused.... It is my understanding that if the ceiling is not increased that it could be very possible that 401s could take a big, after they just took a hit a few years back. How can anyone think of putting millions of us in this type of situation?

    July 20, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  10. John

    This should show the American People that Michele Backmann doesn't care about America or American people or even the world. If America default on It dept It will hurt America and the American People. the world even would be hurt by this. Not counting all the American People that would be hurt if the dept ceiling Isn't rise. Just think how many Senior she willing to put on the street. Michele Backmann only care about the Tea Party. every body don't have a Business that Cheated People out of there money and Cheated the Government out of money and got rich In doing so. now that that her and her Husband got rich doing this so she want to do away with what got her rich.

    July 20, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. lynn

    Another case of a wealthy Republican throwing the middle class seniors over the cliff. She simply does not care of anybody she feels is beneath her level, and certainly that class must keep its status.

    July 20, 2011 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. bhavin

    Does she even understand economy 101? What a moron!

    July 20, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. pn

    Next she'll say that it is commonsense that the world is flat, as anybody standing on a cornfield can see.

    July 20, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  14. Seattle Sue

    This woman would let our country go into an other recession/depression just for making political points with the radical right-wing. One word,crazy.

    July 20, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Matthew S

    "Goes completely contrary to commonsense and how I grew up in Iowa."

    Right. Because she often had to deal with international financial policy while growing up in Iowa.

    July 20, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Peter s

    "Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and on the value of the dollar in exchange markets. The Nation can ill afford to allow such a result. The risks, the costs, the disruptions and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: the Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns." Ronald Reagan. PRESIDENT OBAMA, "failure by Congress to increase US borrowing authority by August 2 would have a “significant and unpredictable” impact on capital markets and the US economy, Barack Obama has warned." Genius Bachmann!, Aren't both talking the same language about the same topic? How does the debt ceiling and how you grew up have in common?

    July 20, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  17. A Kickin` Donkey

    Reasonable sounding ad copy until you take a moment to think.

    First of all, the increase in the debt ceiling isn`t a present that the GOP is giving to President Obama. Congresses, not the President, is the part of our government that develops very specific budgets and by the Constitution authorizes SPENDING. Therefore it is precisely people like Michele Bachmann that have created any [DEFICIT = REVENUE - SPENDING] problem we have. She`s trying to pull a "Rupert" ; she knows that her branch of government, not the executive branch, is responsible. Thinking voters know it too.

    Secondly, this so-called `tax attorney` has said that we don`t have to raise the ceiling to prevent default; we can just pay the INTEREST on the debt. Please never let her off the hook for this blatantly wrong, illogical thought. Please remember this as the RED FLASHING warning that told us not to elect this woman as President or Vice President.

    If you have a home mortgage and at the 1st of the month you pay the interest but NOT the principal, what happens? Your mortgage papers say you have DEFAULTED. It`s the same thing for the US Government. Some of our debt is comming due; it is maturing. We must pay principle and not just interest despite what Ms. Bachmann says as she stares into the closest available camera.

    Her ignorance of common sense realities and the basics of our Constitution are what is FRIGHTENING.

    July 20, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. Publius Novus

    "Stupid is as stupid does." - Mama Gump

    July 20, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. Irma in North Carolina

    How dumb can she get? Wonder if she approves her parents not getting there SS check, is she going to support them.

    July 20, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. th

    Iowan's I hope you wise up she is not for average working folks. She is for the rich and doesn't care about anyone elses beliefs but her own.

    July 20, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. joey

    I just need to ask her,Why can,t she pray away this "Devastation" of America???? My Lord, her and her "Hubby" can cure what they call "Barbarians"????? I just can,t believe "This Godly Couple "Surely can Pray away DEBT! Right?? Earth CALLING BACHMANNS????? "Can you imagine Bachmann-Walsh for President,Cantor and his Boss 'NORQUIST" running Congress??????? Thats "Terror" to even Imagine?????

    July 20, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. Patrick from Minnesota

    She should resign (well running for President and vacating her district is good enough). She has been in Congress for seven years and has done very little if anything in either the halls of Congress or the State of Minnesota. She doesn't even deserve to be called Minnesotan. She might as well become an honarary resident of Iowa or New Hampshire. She's spent a hellofa lot more time in either of those places than in all of Minnesota (including her district).

    July 20, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. America Shrugged

    What I don't understand is why the debt ceiling issue has to have all sorts of strings attached at this time, when during the last Adminstration, none of these GOP leaders forced a budget resolution to go along with raising the debt ceiling which happened 5+ times. Anyone notice a pattern here? The debt ceiling was raised 5+ times with no strings attached during the last Administration, when most of those years we were supposedly in good finanical shape and we had all kinds of revenue coming in? If I were the President, I'd double down and tell them to to their job and either raise the ceiling with no strings attached, or we default or just involk the 14th amendment and let the chips fall where they may. He's being hamstrung every time he turns around with this open disrespect of the office of the Presidency. President Obama had it right...Reagan would have never put up with this..He'd have taken them behind the woodshed for a civics and history lesson. Congress needs to do their job and quit shoving their responsibility off on the President. They were the ones who passed all those spending bills the past 12 yrs, they need to MAN UP and pass the debt ceiling and then work on the budget deficit problem.

    July 20, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  24. Donkey Party

    What a dangerous woman. Anyone who vows to default the American economy is a treasonous snake, and should be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.

    July 20, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. AEK

    How could anyone possibly take this incredibly complicated process and dumb it down enough, first of all, for her to understand it, and then for her constituents to understand it. Must have gotten help from the McCain/Palin team!

    July 20, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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